With summer comes a lot of great outdoor events.  One event that's been in our area for a few years now is the Firefighter Memorial Bike Ride.  It's a great time for the whole area to come together and show our appreciation.

I got the chance to talk to Donnie Sattler recently about the event, coming up this Saturday, June 22.  So far, it looks like we're going to have some pretty good weather for it!  The whole purpose of the ride, at first, was to raise money for that great memorial you can see at Liberty Park. It's a beautiful display and a great honor.

Having it by the Rose Garden is perfect, especially this time of year.  Now they're raising some money to finish it.  They've got to put up the other half of the wall so they can add more names to it as the years go on.  Really though, I think the Ride is a great tradition that will go on whether there's something specific to raise money for or not.  After all, even when the memorial is fully completed, those folks will want to have fun and raise money for a great cause, even if it isn't their own.

That's why they're also working with the local Boys and Girls Club.  Last year, Donnie (aka "Pup", so you're in the know) noticed that some people who would come to visit at the meet up before the ride, would have to leave to go get breakfast.  So this year, not only are the BGC is going to be cooking up lunch, and they're also going to do breakfast!  So that way, you can visit and check out the bikes without having to run off when your tummy rumbles.

So make sure you stop by on Saturday morning, they'll be over by the Convention Hall with their set up.  Go in, have a chat, look at the bikes, have some lunch, or join the ride!  You should totally bring out the kids and let them check out all those bikes.  There's a huge variety of different motorcycles and they're often customized and tricked out.  You'll definitely meet some sweet, fun people out there who have huge hearts.

They've also got a great silent auction that will be going on, so you don't wanna miss out on that. The route in town will go through 3rd street and go East out of town, so if you can't make it out to the Park, step out and wave or honk your horn for 'em as they drive by.   If you're working that morning or otherwise occupied, join the ride as it finishes at Patricia's.

All in all, this is going to be a great time for a great cause and you don't wanna miss it.

Ridely yours,